Former NBA player reveals what the Blazers need to become title contenders

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Former NBA player Terry Porter opened up about what the Portland Trail Blazers need in order to become title contenders.

Porter, who spent 10 years with the Blazers (1985-1995) and reached the NBA Finals twice (1990, 1992), said Portland needs a third star alongside CJ McCollum and Damian Lillard.

“You look in the West, the elite teams have three bonafide scorers. Three guys who can go out and get you 20 a night. I dunno who the Blazers have as their third guy. I know they got two guys, cause those two guys have proven they can go out and get you buckets.

They’re still gonna need that third guy, cause when they go against the elite teams in the regular season you can get by. But when you go head to head against the elite teams in the playoffs, now it becomes a huge factor with regards to how you’re going to be able to guard those guys but also how they’re going to be able to be productive,” the University of Portland head coach said on the Talkin’ Blazers podcast, per Chris Burkhardt of NBC Sports.

The Blazers reached the playoffs this season, but got eliminated by the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round (4-1).